YouTube bowhunters sentenced for violating the Lacey Act
Bowhunters Josh and Sarah Bowmar were pretty lucky to skip jail time when they were sentenced on Jan. 12, 2023, for violating the Lacey Act. The Bowmars and their corporate entity, Bowmar Bowhunting LLC were sentenced by United States Magistrate Judge Michael D. Nelson after pleading guilty to “Conspiring to Violate the Lacey Act.” They each received a sentence of three years of probation and 40 hours of community service. They are also required to pay $75,000 in fines as well as $44,000 in lieu of forfeiting certain property and $13,000 in restitution, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska.
Josh and Sarah Bowmar run a popular YouTube channel with over 300,000 subscribers and videos that garner thousands of views. As part of their probation, they are prohibited from hunting or engaging in any activity associated with hunting in Nebraska. The Bowmars acknowledged that “they felt that the prosecutors’ decision to drop the baiting and poaching charges was ‘fair and true to what happened with that outfitter 9 years ago’” in a statement sent to CNN.
“We did plead guilty to conspiracy, which means we should have known better about hunting at that outfitter and should have paid more attention to what was going on behind closed doors—but we did not, and for that, we take complete responsibility,” their statement said.
“We’ve learned some very valuable lessons from this experience and our mistakes and we look forward to doing our best to leave a positive footprint on the hunting community and involving our children in the boundless joys of the great outdoors.”
The lengthy federal investigation against the Bowmars and Bowmar Bowhunting LLC resulted in 39 convictions. Their sentencing is considered the end of the prosecutions connected to Hidden Hills Outfitters (HHO). As GOHUNT previously reported, HHO provided services to clients around the country that ended in the illegal killing of nearly 100 animals. The HHO case closed with a whopping 39 people convicted and over $750,000 in fines, restitution and forfeitures, according to CBS News.